You recently had a patient attend the clinic with a wrist tendonitis from playing tennis. The frustrating part of it for the client is the fact that she works in a fairly manual job, so the wrist wasn't getting much rest.
You talked about different options for recovery with the patient and the option to stop work wasn't a viable consideration, as is likely the case for many people. So, the thing you agreed upon was a wrist brace to help provide support and restrict the wrist from too much movement during the day.
As a registered physiotherapist and clinic owner in Toronto, I treat a variety of patients (sports, wcb, mva, private) and believe in offering complete care at my own practice. Offering “complete care” includes recommending helpful advice and products that can boost your patient’s recovery.
There are many different wrist conditions that can present at your clinic - tendonitis, carpal tunnel, sprains, fractures, finger jams - where the use of wrist and hand support will greatly assist the patients recovery.
But what are the best wrist braces to recommend to patients?
It can be confusing because there are a number of options, but each of them are designed for specific applications. So I've compiled a list of the best selling wrist braces, along with some of the benefits of each and the types of situations they are best suited to.
Use the information so you can provide complete care to your patients.
This wrist brace is made from a lightweight, breathable material, which people find comfortable to wear all day long without issues with heat and moisture accumulation.
It provides strong wrist support but because of the low profile feature, it still allows ample unrestricted finger movement. And it's easy to apply with one hand, making it convenient for patients to use.
This wrist splint is best suited to patients with a sprained wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist bursitis. Get great wrist protection.
If this option isn't a good fit, an alternative product is the M Brace Wrist Splint.
This wrist splint is made of a soft cushioned foam construction and is the perfect choice for patients with carpal tunnel or where more restricted movement is needed.
One size fits most people and it has the benefit of being worn on either hand and is easy to use with adjustable straps.
It's a high profile brace that offers a comfortable solution for sleeping, restricting the hand from injury and movement at night.
Because of the highly restricted movement this wrist support provides, it may not be suited for day wear in some patients. A more functional day option for carpal tunnel is the Mueller Carpal Tunnel Wrist Brace.
This thumb splint zones right into stablizing the thumb joint while still allowing the patient plenty of movement in the fingers.
You'll find this thumb spica brace is best suited to patients with game keepers thumb, De Quervains, thumb strains or sprains.
It's available in two different sizes, can be applied with one hand and can also be worn on either hand.
It's made of a lightweight breathable material so patients won't find it bulky and annoying.
This brace is solely suited to thumb only restriction, so if your patient needs some wrist support as well, then a more suitable item would be the Bio Skin Wrist Thumb Spica Brace.
This wrist support is designed for extra comfort with padding between the laces and patients skin. It's made of lightweight, breathable material, aiding daily use, and is easy for the patient to put on with one hand.
With the addition of aluminium stays, the wrist splint can be adjusted to fit the contours of the wrist and hand and allow for appropriate flexion or extension. It also has an adjustable thumb strap.This is the perfect option for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, post operative wrist surgery or post cast removal.
Another brace that is great for a patient with this profile who may be looking for an alternative is the Bio Skin DP2 Cockp Up Wrist Brace.
Bauerfeind is a notable name in the realm of rehabilitation aide - with this wrist brace best suited to patients after wrist surgery.
Inside the comfortable, breathable fabric is an aluminium splint designed to restrict movement and stabilize the wrist in proper position, yet still allowing for the fingers to move freely and providing a thumb opening feature.
It can be worn on either wrist and because of the fabrics ability to quickly evaporate moisture from the skin, it is perfectly designed to be worn under the clothes or in warm to hot daily conditions.Another option in for the same purposes is the Medspec Wrist Lacer Wrist Support - the one we outlined above.
These finger splints are the perfect solution for patients with trigger finger, mallet fingers, swan neck deformity, arthritis, fractures, or jammed fingers.
They can be worn six different ways depending on the condition, which makes them a perfect choice for the wide range of finger conditions that may arise.
The sizing corresponds to ring size and they are so light and comfortable your patients will barely notice they are wearing them.A similar product is the Finger Immobilizing Glove Splint, but these are much bulkier and tend to immobilize finger movement. This certainly means they are applicable to some situations but if the patient still needs ample movement and the injury allows it, then the Oval-8 Finger Splints will be a better option.
These frog finger splints provide a foam padded alumminium splint for comfort and ease of use. They're not too bulky and they can be contoured for proper fit.
They come in three sizes and are designed to maintain joint positioning, so for that reason they are best suited to patients with trigger finger, or requiring immobilization of the phalangeal joint.
If this isn't quite suited then an alternative is the Dema Finger Sleeve, it provides less support than the Frog Splints but may still be applicable in some cases.
Made with comfortable fabric and being slim, lightweight, washable, and easily applyed, makes this wrist brace very user friendly.
It is available in left or right, has an easy locking system to secure onto the wrist and comes with two removable stays so can easily be adjusted to provide additional support if needed.
This wrist support is best suited to patients with carpal tunnel, wrist tendonitis or arthritis.
The alternative to this is the Bauerfeind ManuLov Wrist Brace - mentioned above.
This splint is specifically designed for patients with Colles wrist fracture prior to surgery.
It's made of aluminum for full and firm support of the wrist and forearm and comes in four different sizes, left or right specific.
It's got ventilation holes for comfort, moisture removal, and ventilation. It can be used as a carpal tunnel wrist brace for repetitive strain injury or forearm tendonitis.
The alternative to this is the Mueller Carpal Tunnel Wrist Stabilizer, which allows more movement of the fingers.
This wrist brace is suited to patients with weakness in the wrist, tendonitis or arthritic issues.
It's lightweight and soft and has an outer adjustable strap that allows for optimal comfort and support.
It's got an antimicrobial barrier, allows for full thumb and finger movement and has springs located at the top and bottom of the brace to offer extra support.
If this won't provide enough support, then go for the M-Brace Wrist Splint instead.
As you can see, although there is a wide variety of wrist braces available, they are all designed to specific situations. I hope this information will help guide your choices in providing complete care for faster patient recovery.